Mamma mia: M-Sport’s turned a ‘90s Fiat Panda into a 300bhp rally car

The folks behind Ford’s rally cars launch their special vehicles department in adorably aggressive style

We would certainly say M-Sport aren’t except job. Based in a cosy little edge of the English Lake District, they develop both Ford rally cars and also Bentley GT3 racers. They’re placing the ending up touches to 2022’s Puma WRC car as we talk.

Gladly, however, M-Sport finagled some time in its packed routine to respond to the wonderfully wayward demands of one client. Namely ‘turn the Fiat Panda 4×4 into a fully blown rally car’. Whoever that consumer is, we have actually recognized them as our spirit animal.

Meet ‘Pandamonium’, the outcome of that age old concern of ‘what occurs when you squeeze an R5-regulation Ford Carnival rally car inside an old Nineties Fiat Panda?’ The result is a small little box-arched sugar cube packed with aggression as well as, we believe, ability.

” The initial covering of the Fiat Panda was meticulously broadened by 360mm to allow it to fit the Carnival chassis,” M-Sport informs us, “providing a more stable platform for collaring performance.

” To not overstretch the initial shape of the Panda, boldy styled wheel arcs were formed and also fitted, with the additional result of offering the car that refined Team B-esque appearance.”

We’re not going to argue, apart from probably the ‘refined’ little bit. Don’t bother Martial art Panda. This is Smack You In The Face For Taking A Look At My Pint Panda.

The Fiesta R5 is described as a M-Sport’s most effective ever before racecar. There have actually been 294 generated, accumulating just shy of a thousand rally triumphes all told. Its 1.6-litre turbo engine– giving 300bhp and also 332lb feet, plumbed to all 4 wheels via a five-speed Sadev consecutive ‘box– makes it wholesale into the diddy engine bay of an L-reg Panda 4×4.

” I am blown away by what we have been able to achieve,” says M-Sport supervisor Matthew Wilson. “I was really privileged to complete the vehicle’s shakedown and placed it with its paces; not just is it amazing to take a look at, it drives effectively as well.

” It has been an extremely intriguing project from a design point of view,” he continues. “It has actually given M-Sport the perfect springboard to launch M-Sport Unique Cars, highlighting that we are geared up and all set to accept new customers with one-of-a-kind commissions of their very own. M-Sport Unique Autos, or ‘MS-SV’, is our brand-new bespoke vehicle building service which is just feasible thanks to the opening and also intro of our new examination track and also manufacturing center that are within the Dovenby Hall Estate.”

Interesting times, huh? The cost isn’t disclosed, nor what the Panda’s brand-new proprietor has planned for it. So let’s instead open the floor. Money no things, which old car are you asking the Lakeland individuals to squeeze the innards of a rally auto or GT3 racer into?